how long to cook a 4 pound corned beef

For a three to five-pound corned beef brisket, cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. STOVE: Place brisket fat-side up in a large pot and cover it with water. Bring the water to a boil; then reduce the heat and simmer, allowing about 1 hour per pound.

If you are looking for the best, easiest way to make baked corned beef, you have come to the right place. For years I couldnt figure out how to make corned beef just the way I liked it to taste, but as it turns out, its really simple: I now know how to cook corned beef in the oven!

Before we get into all the specifics of how to cook corned beef in the oven, lets start with the basics:

What To Serve with Corned Beef

Corned beef only needs the simplest side dishes to make your meal complete. To keep the traditional Irish theme going, serve it with cabbage, colcannon, or mashed potatoes.

How to cook corned beef in the oven:

  • Rinse the corned beef off with water and pat dry
  • Rub the corned beef in your favorite mustard ( dijon for me )
  • Sprinkle whatever magic seasoning was provided to you in the package of corned beef on the top ( fat side up )
  • Wrap tightly in foil and place on an ovenproof pan with high sides so the moisture released during cooking doesnt overflow
  • BAKE!

How to Cook Corned Beef

Corned beef should be simmered until it is fork tender. To make corned beef:

  • Place the corned beef a stock pot. Add the spice packet, a bottle of dark beer and enough water to cover the corned beef completely.
  • Bring it to a boil and cover, cooking on a low simmer for 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours. This cooking time will vary depending on the size and shape of the corned beef.
    • Suggested cook time is 45-50 minutes per pound. Ensure it is a low simmer. Check a small piece and ensure it’s tender.
  • Once fork tender, remove the corned beef from the liquid and rest for at least 20 minutes.

While the meat is resting, add the vegetables to the corned beef water and simmer about 25 minutes. The water has tons of delicious flavor perfect for potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Toss them in butter, salt and pepper, and fresh parsley.

IMPORTANT TIP:

Corned Beef must always be cut across the grain. Look at the beef and you can see the direction of the fibers of the meat, you’ll want to cut the opposite way the fibers run for the most tender meat!

Instant Pot Corned Beef: You can also make Instant Pot Corned Beef using the same ingredients. Simply place the corned beef, 1 bottle of beer and 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot. A 3.5-4lb corned beef will need about 90 minutes (with 15 minutes natural release).

For a three to five-pound corned beef brisket, cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. STOVE: Place brisket fat-side up in a large pot and cover it with water. Bring the water to a boil; then reduce the heat and simmer, allowing about 1 hour per pound.

FAQ

How many people does a 4 lb corned beef serve?

If you prefer the rounds, you can usually get two of them to fit in a large slow cooker. Each 2-5lb. package of corned beef, when cooked and trimmed, will serve 4-6 people.

Is it better to boil or slow cook corned beef?

Instead: Regardless of the cooking method, corned beef is best cooked over low heat. A low, gentle simmer on the stovetop or in the slow cooker are two excellent methods for cooking up soft, tender slices of corned beef every time.

What is the best temperature to cook corned beef in the oven?

We like baking corned beef in a 350° oven.

When cooking corned beef do you cover it with water?

The Best Way to Cook Corned Beef Place your corned beef brisket in a large pot or Dutch oven with a lid along with some aromatics like carrot chunks, celery stalks and a quartered onion. These vegetables will infuse the cooking liquid with flavor as the corned beef simmers away. Cover the corned beef with water.

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